Director of Government Affairs

20 Dec, 2021


Director of Government Affairs

Make the Road New York
Kings County, NY

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York operates community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island; Brentwood, Long Island and White Plains, Westchester County. With a membership of 24,000, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our communities, including workplace justice, tenants’ rights, immigrant rights and civil rights, TGNCIQ justice, public education, health care access, and immigration reform. (TGNCIQ = transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex and queer)

MRNY is a multi-service organization. Our member-led organizing committees — which work on the issues named above — implement strategies to combat shared problems, and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. We also provide an array of high-quality bilingual services: We offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Spanish-language literacy, computer literacy, citizenship preparation, and in-school and after-school youth programs. We have a robust legal program that offers direct representation across a spectrum of practice areas, including employment law, immigration law, housing and benefits, and TGNCIQ civil rights; we also take on impact litigation as a strategy for achieving broad change. Our health program offers facilitated enrollment into health insurance programs and SNAP benefits, a community health worker home visit program, nutrition education and emergency food pantries, health care navigation, and more.

Make the Road New York (MRNY) is seeking to hire a Director of Government Affairs. This is a full-time position that will be based in one of our community centers but will involve extensive time in City Hall (NYC) and Albany and some time in Washington DC, especially during budget and legislative sessions.

Current Opening:

MRNY is seeking a Director of Government Affairs to work alongside existing organizing, service, and development teams to maintain and nurture relationships with government/elected officials and coordinate internal initiatives and projects that involve government advocacy, government fundraising, and service efforts that include government as a key stakeholder.


The key responsibilities of the Director of Government Affairs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work with MRNY Organizing, Services, and Development Departments on key initiatives that involve government lobbying, advocacy, and partnership.
  • Serve as key lobbyist and coordinate MRNY lobbying teams with the goal of advancing policy that will benefit our constituencies.
  • Provide overall coordination of MRNY’s work in city and state budget processes with the goal of securing resources for our communities.
  • Have a physical presence in Albany and City Hall during budget and legislative sessions to advance MRNY interests.
  • Coordinate big organizational lobby days and other key events in New York City, Albany, and Washington DC.
  • Create key organizational policy, advocacy, and fundraising documents.
  • Provide strategic advice to organizing, service, and development lead staff to meet policy, service, and development goals.
  • With organizing and services teams, coordinate analysis of legislation to assess impact on our communities/organization and coordinate with teams to create and refine policy.
  • Maintain and nurture relationships with government officials, staff, committees, etc
  • Represent the organization in key public hearings, conferences, media.
  • Coordinate with external stakeholders where opinion and position of MRNY is needed.
  • Help coordinate or attend internal MRNY meetings where campaign work is advanced, including our state policy meeting and all MRNY issue policy meetings.


  • At least four years experience working in government position(s) or in government affairs with substantial success in interfacing with elected officials, government agencies, and government/advocacy stakeholders.
  • Have at least four years experience working on issues impacting low-income people of color in New York, especially in the areas of immigration, labor, TGNCIQ, youth/education, and/or housing.
  • Bachelors Degree.
  • Demonstrated experience working with teams, including conducting high-level and effective coordination of complex and numerous projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in multicultural spaces;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Be fully bilingual in English and Spanish;
  • Be able to work some evenings and weekends;
  • Be able to travel throughout NYC, Albany, and Washington DC (Drivers license preferred);
  • Required by New York City mandate to show vaccination proof.

Make the Road New York is a multi-faced organization, and this position requires flexibility, a positive attitude, and hustle. This is a full-time position. The salary is competitive and will depend on relevant work experience and education. Excellent benefits are provided.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter at the Make the Road Career Center.

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or marital status.

Job posted: 2021-12-20